Hello 2017! Please forgive my negligence to my blog. Life happens and things fall down the list of things to do. I've missed chatting with you. So.... I will be more attentive to you in 2017! I've got a lot of ideas in my head and I will be asking ...

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Hello 2017! Please forgive my neglige...

Hello 2017!
Please forgive my negligence  to my blog. Life happens and things fall down the list of things to do. I've missed chatting with you. So.... I will be more attentive to you in 2017! I've got a lot of ideas in my head and I will be asking you followers for feedback on what you want. I want to know what you think and want in several areas, so I will start with this quick survey.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CMTXLPY
I'm entertaining a few new project and additions and these questions will give me some general answers, but there will be more questions to come to narrow down my efforts to give my followers and supports just what they want! Please take this short survey. Thank you, I am SOOOOO BACK!


    
 



Second House From The Corner By Sadeqa Johnson

Second House From The Corner By Sadeqa Johnson






Praise for Second House from the Corner
"Johnson is a skilled storyteller with a breezy style, and the journey of Felicia, a strong African American woman, will have particular appeal for Terry McMillan fans." -Booklist
Felicia Lyons, a ­­­­­­­ stressed out stay-at-home mom struggles to sprint ahead of the demands of motherhood while her husband spends long days at the office. Felicia taps, utters mantra, and breathes her way through most situations but on some days, like when the children won’t stop screaming her name or arguing over toy trucks and pretzel sticks, she wonders what it would be like to get in her car and drive away.
Then one evening the telephone rings, and in a split second the harried mother’s innocent fantasy becomes a hellish reality. The call pulls her back into a life she’d rather forget. Felicia hasn’t been completely honest about her upbringing, and her deception forces her return to the Philadelphia of her childhood, where she must confront the family demons and long buried secrets she thought she had left behind. 
From a phenomenal fresh voice in fiction, comes the compelling story of what happens when the dream falls apart. It’s the unforgettable tale of love, loss, rediscovery, and the growing pains of marriage.

Author Bio

SADEQA JOHNSON is a former public relations manager who spent years working with well-known authors such as J.K. Rowling, Bebe Moore Campbell, Amy Tan and Bishop T.D. Jakes before becoming an author herself. Her debut novel, Love in a Carry-On Bag was hailed by Ebony.com as “this summer’s hottest read.” It was the recipient of the 2013 Phillis Wheatley award for Best Fiction and the 2012 USA Best Book award for African-American fiction .Originally from Philadelphia, Sadeqa Johnson currently resides in Virginia with her husband and three children.Second House from the Corner is her second novel.







Want to WIN a hardback copy?
Comment below in the comment section and tell Sadeqa and I, is your "picture perfect' life, Picture Perfect? 



    
 



Happy Holidays!

I  just decided to bring you my favorite holiday tunes from over the years. 
I hope you love them as much as I do, 
Happy Holidays
 

You're All I Want For Christmas Brook Benton


 

The Christmas Song Nat King Cole

 

This Christmas Donny Hathaway


 

Soul Holidays Sounds of Blackness


 

Baby it's Cold Outside Vanessa Williams and Bobby Caldwell

 

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Lou Rawls


 

Every year Every Christmas Luther Vandross


 

Please Come Home For Christmas Charles Brown


 

Gee Wiz it's Christmas, Carla Thomas


 

Santa Claus, Go Straight To The Ghetto, James Brown
 

Little Drummer Boy, Lou Rawls


 




 

Boyz II Men- Let It Snow


 

                 Let's Make Every Day A Christmas Day

 

Silent Night, The Temptations








    
 



Ready for October releases!!!!!

I'm TOOOOO excited about the books releasing this month. I'm about to blow up my debit card. First off...

Wake Up Happy: The Dream Big, Win Big Guide to Transforming Your Life... releases October 13th and I'm really ready to #WakeUpHappy. 








Y'all do know how much I adore Donna Hill right? Well she's my person and has 2 YESSSS 2 releases this month! 

My at Last Love (Sag Harbor Village)

releases TA-Day!! 

Y'all click that link and support her 25th year in the business. She is also releasing Murder in the Aisles under her alter ego name,  Olivia Hill, Pre-order on November 8th. 

















Also I will be at Sharon Lucas' event in Bowie Maryland for The Reading Divas event, October 16 and 17th. I LOVEEEEE this event and The Reading Divas and I will be HONORING Donna Hill's 25th Anniversary, I hope to see you there! Sharon always give a FANTASTIC event and has recently become an AUTHOR!!!! Her book, Plan It will be released at her event as well! I am so excited and proud of my Brown Girl!! She is published under Brown Girls Publications, withe ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray.








Eric Jerome Dickey is my favorite male author is releasing the sequel to Naughty or Nice

Naughtier than Nice... OMG I LOVED THIS BOOK, on October 27th. I've ONLY waited since 2004 for the sequel....






Last but not least, my new fiend and supporter Latoya Murchison, has a great book out named, A Praying Heart. It will really touch your heart and your soul. Please leave her a review to inspire her to Keep Going.

And.... In LitVersations news...., 
The game is doing well and I am so happy!! Have you gotten your Game On Yet??? 
$21.99 includes free shipping!










    
 


LitVersations©® The Book Conversation Game

LitVersations©® The Book Conversation Game is a project I’ve been working VERY hard to bring to life for over two years. This idea came to me while listening to people discuss books and being interviewed asking the same questions over and over again. It was like the same questions, different book and same questions different author. 

Boring


I wanted meatier questions; questions that were open ended and lead into a deeper conversation, a real LitVersation! So I created the questions I wanted. 70 questions to get the  LitVersation started!




 These questions open up refreshing dialogue with new and interesting perspectives.
          A fun interactive ice breaker
          Helps others understand other interpretations of the story
          Promotes richer exchanges and inspires thought
          Great for authors to take along to gatherings
          Great gift for book lovers and book clubs
     Helps discussions stay on track and active
     Great for ages






Book Lovers
Even if you don't belong to a book club or discussion group, you will still enjoy these questions, in analyzing your thoughts and feelings about the books you read! They also help in outlining your book reviews and comments you'd like to share in your social media circles or comments to the author. 

                                             Book clubs
 Take your book club discussions to a whole new level with this fun and interactive game that lets everyone come away satisfied about truly discussing a book.




  Authors     
These cards are great to take along when visiting book clubs, just in case the conversation get a little slow, and they make a wonderful gift to the book club. Also I know some authors say how hard it is to write discussion questions about your books, these questions can aide you in creating some thought provoking questions.




                                 Reviewers, Bloggers and Interviewers                                     Spice up your posts and interviews with some fresh questions that will get people talking and commenting. Open ended questions are a great way to get your followers to talk back to you


  Teachers
 In researching I chose two teachers to test these game cards. Each teacher (Middle and High School) used the cards to either have a discussion in class about a book they read or they were used as homework questions and the feedback I got back was inspiring! The students really got into a great discussion and a much better concept of the story and structure of creative writing.
Parents
 You can use these cards with your book club and your children!!


Online Chat Facilitators

These questions are helpful in keeping the chat going



How to play Litversations©®


Each person in the group picks 5 cards from the freshly shuffled deck.
The moderator asks the first question from the card chosen, and
lets the person next to them answer.
The question goes around until everyone has answered.
 The next person asks the next question and repeats the above steps.
The game continues until all questions are answered.
The conversation may spin off into another direction,
but that’s ok, it’s part of the fun!

You can also divide up into 2 teams!
Pick an opposing side from the story.
The team, who makes their points, wins that round.

If no one liked the book, discuss why and how it could have been better.

You can pick a card as you go to keep the element of surprise.

You can have your LitVersation©® members’ act out the characters or answers
 for even more fun!

Allow the LitVersation©® to flow freely, letting everyone to express their views.

There is no right or wrong way to play, just have a 
LitVersation



Sample questions

You didn't really think I would put up all the good ones did 

you???


NOT!

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The ‪#‎LitVersationalist‬ tee shirts are also now 

available

 (Yeah I made that name up!!!)



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